“I’m Muslim: don’t try me for armed robbery during Ramadam”
This has actually been said in France and the court has accepted it and has postponed the trial till January.
A row has broken out in France after a court postponed a trial, apparently because it was to take place during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Critics say the decision is a breach of France’s strict separation of religion and state. The trial of seven men for armed robbery was due to start on 16 September in Rennes.
But last week the court agreed to a request from a lawyer for one of the accused to put it off until January. In his letter asking for the delay, the lawyer noted that if the trial were to start now, it would fall in the Muslim month of Ramadan. His client, a Muslim, would have been fasting for two weeks and thus, he said, be in no position to defend himself properly. He would be physically weakened and too tired to follow the arguments as he should.
The court’s agreement to postpone the trial has now triggered an outraged response from campaigning groups and politicians of both left and right, who see it as a worrying new incursion by religion into the institutions of the French state.
What about: I’m an adorer of the Holy Vacation Church and I can’t be tried during my holiday’s month as I am resting and not in a position to defend myself properly?
Yes, Muslims are fasting during Ramadam but only during the day. He can eat and drink during the night, so he won’t be weakened at all. And besides, if in a particular session he is worse, the tribunal can order a recession. So I don’t understand really the delay…